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between meat and mystery when they enter... the frozen zone. with my perdue frozen nuggets, there is no mystery, just real, all white meat, made with 100% natural ingredients. perdue frozen chicken. all white meat. no mystery. >> live and in hd, this is abc 7 news at noon on your side. >> you need to get out. you need to get out. we have got them all out. >> ok. >> terrified tourists rushed to set of forces near a local track. chilling video of the fire that
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killed dozens of animals. thank you for joining us. this fast-moving fire broke out at the racetrack in virginia. we are live with the very latest and more of the video you can only see right here on abc7 news. >> the couple that live here in this woodbridge, returned from the race track where there were playing poker. there were gambling with their lives to save the horses. while capturing the fast-moving fire on their cell phone camera. >> how many horses are in there? >> they ran toward the hollywood casino. >> i felt my shoes were going to melt off of my feet. >> the fire quickly spread from one building to the next. they tried to pull as many horses from the stable. >> we were literally going from stall to stall. >> the billowing smoke inside and the fire quickly became too much. >> this group is on fire.
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you people need to move. the roof is on fire. och >> at least 25 horses were killed in the blaze that damaged three barnes. several of the horses raced at the track but the barns are not bound by the racetrack. is a a large race was held on sunday and the barns were fall. >> flames were shooting about 60 feet are set of the barnes and buring very quickly. >> they did happen to be in the right place at the right time. >> for whatever reason, we were supposed to be there. >> authorities tell us there were two and race, a firefighter and a track worker. their injuries are non-life threatening. the fire is ongoing. abc7 news. >> we will have more on this story and any updates tonight at 5:00 p.m., but until then check for the latest on our
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website, closer to home, investigators are looking into a closer fire. there is no word on what caused the fires so far. no word on whether anyone was injured. we will bring you more information as we get it. washington, d.c., police are investigating an accident that injured an officer that happened around 3:30 a.m. the car caught fire after the crash. police say he was responding to an incident with the lights and sirens on when he struck a light pole. the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. police are searching for the person who opened fire on a crowd of people in northwest washington, d.c., last night. this was on 53rd street. we have not heard about how the people are doing. another attack. that is what people of the
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university of maryland campus are talking about today. one student injured this weekend when he was robbed by a group of suspects. courtney robinson has the story from college park. >> less than one -- to the new school year and the university of maryland campus is on alert. >> you think it will not happen to you, but clearly it can happen to anyone. >> the most recent attack on saturday happened here. a student walking by himself was attacked by four men who attacked and robbed him. >> it is not a good feeling. >> saturday, the man got away with cash in two earlier attacks. on august 27, two female student's said several men robbed them. they were in a parked car near campus. officers of the valley arrested a 50-year-old boy. police believe there are more suspect.
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according to investigators, two days later five men approached three students waiting at this bus stop. two of the students got away, but one was punched repeatedly in the face and robbed. >> it was not just a, "give me your,"what went but they beat you up a bigger -- not just a "give me your wallet." >> this is putting students on edge. >> usually there are a lot of people out. >> students say this likely will not change, but there are more aware and help those responsible are caught. and the college park, according robinson, abc7 news. today virginia brunner says he was not feeling well limits before he collapsed and died. he reported the started to feel on well down at a half marathon on virginia beach. he completed his run but collapsed at the medical tent
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and died at the hospital. police say he had no known medical problems. a construction worker remains hospitalized after a trench collapsed in maryland. this happened as construction workers were doing foundation work at these apartments in the capitol heights. a large pile of dirt collapsed on one of the men. it took firefighters two hours to free him. he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. good news today for metro riders, a major part -- major repairs are being completed on schedule. by better stations are closed today because of the work. say the repairs are underway along in a mile stretch from the accommodation to the end of the line at the lead month ago they are running -- running shuttle service. they're scheduled to reopen just in time for russia or tomorrow morning. turning to the weather, there was a fall-like chilled this morning.
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>> we will not count it out especially the way this summer has done. we will that -- we will be back towards 90 degrees tomorrow and even on wednesday. in your weather center on this beautiful and perfect labor day holiday, look at that sunshine. a few scattered clouds. that is all we will have. here's a look at the temperatures. 80 degrees at reagan national. 75 in leesburg. earlier today, we started at 47 degrees. warming up nicely from the 40's we had earlier this morning and the 50's in the suburbs. a lot of sunshine today with a few clouds with lots of humidity and highs in the mid 80's. we will talk about the warming trend coming out. ♪
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a labor day festival is getting started in prince george box accounting. a parade made its way to bring bill this morning. coming up the top of the hour, there is a huge scavenger hunt followed by a luncheon on the lawn at 2:00 p.m. at carnival with a midway and rights continues until 6:00 p.m. turning to the campaign countdown, many washington, d.c., voters took the opportunity to cast their ballots this weekend. with 3300 people voted on saturday at the five locations around the city. most voters did not have to wait more than 15 minutes. early voting centers are open again today until 7:00 p.m. in the battleground, maryland, republican candidate for governor ehrlich they give his first camp -- his first advertisement. the state is in trouble, says his ad. he is challenging martin
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o'malley in a rematch from 2006. meanwhile, a warning for maryland voters. a fake ballot is circulating in the prince george's county. it looked all too real. the cap that says it is coming from the authority of the citizens for change, a group that does not exist. >> this is a complete the fictitious election committee. they have never raised money. they are not filed with the state. >> the maryland attorney general says he is looking into the source of that fake ballot. with general elections across the country less than two months away, many democrats are worried about holding onto their seats. this uncertainty be this is no holiday for the obama administration. >> the white house claims that are using this labor day the americans back to work. he has critics abound when it comes to his handling of the economy. >> obama has no vision.
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he has not articulated a philosophy. >> today in milwaukee, he will announce he is rebuilding roads and railways. wednesday in ohio, the president will announce the extension and expansion of tax write-offs. >> we have added 90,000 private- sector jobs each month and we're seeing growth in certain sectors like construction, manufacturing, mining industry, and health care. cracks all the programs announced an unexpected to bring the unemployment rate below 9.6% before election day. senator john mccain believes the latest initiatives are a case of too little, too late. >> we like to see deathbed conversions, but if we would have done this kind of thing if you years ago, we would be in much better straight. >> democrats are prepared to
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pull money from incumbents they feel they are likely to lose focusing instead on those system a chance to win. >> this is a time to do hard and do the numbers. either you are making the cut or you or not. >> latest poll numbers mean more trouble for obama. polls suggest they are more likely to vote for republicans this november. abc7 news, new york. the fed coming up at abc7 news at noon, we dodged a bullet but not everyone escaped hurricane earl. we take a look at some of the damage up north. >> you never think in your first couple of month you will see something like that. >> a fiery crash and a heroic rescue, on camera. plus the forecast for the
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>> this incredible video was caught on a police cruiser dash. the risk their lives to save a man inside a burning car. you see the deputies running toward the car, flames everywhere, and the driver crop in the side. they used fire extinguishers but then cracked a window and pulled the man to say. >> i went to the passenger side and busted out the passenger side window with my baton. debbie phillips pull the driver out of the car. >> all free men said they never thought twice about what they were doing. more than 60 people are missing following a deadly landslide in guatemala trigger by torrential rains. a landslide buried a bus on the inter-american highway.
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and the total, 38 people have been killed including rescue workers. the have reports of a 15 landslides' across the country over the weekend. the mid-atlantic states seemed to escape a hurricane earl relatively unscathed. the storm did cause significant damage to the north this weekend. tropical storm force winds destroyed homes across the massachusetts coast line. while in canada come to the thousands of power -- of customers were left without power. the lights are slowly coming back on, but everyone admits the storm could have been a lot worse for a lot of people. it could have been worse for most of us up and down the east coast. even just a man -- a minor deviation could have made it a lot worse. >> we lock out. >> a great weekend for the beaches locally. we did have a tropical storm to
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talk about. we do get a pronunciation. >> hermione. >> this is a tropical storm hermione. sorry harry potter fans. it may become a category one hurricane before landfall tomorrow afternoon or sometime late tonight. we are already seeing brain damage, the outer rained moving on shore. it is almost on the entire texas coast line. and as not a very strong system but it is very typical where it is not the wind you worry about but the rain. we have a flood watches along much of south texas, almost the southern half of taxes. this will be a slow mover with a lot of moisture. close to home, not much action. we still have the high pressure over head. a beautiful labor day.
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an extension of the perfect weekend we have had and perfect timing for this cooler, more comfortable temperatures. we will warmup over the next couple of days but then we will cool right back down. 82 is the high temperature which is exactly average for this time of year. it is refreshing to be that way after the hottest summer on record in washington. here are the temperature numbers. frederick 81. 77 fairfax. down in the mid 40's early this morning. for the campers out west in the shenandoah valley, they look up with a great morning conditions. dew points are still low which reads comfortable humidity. the high pressure over had will slide to the east. we will get the return flow which is a southerly wind on the backside of that high pressure.
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we will be on the warm side of the jet stream. that means slightly warmer temperatures tomorrow compared to what we have today. when you wake up tomorrow morning, expect temperatures down in the 50's and the lower 50's in the outlying areas. it will be in the mid-60's's downtown and within the beltway. comfortable conditions, you could say. mostly sunny to market a little bit warmer with high temperatures in the upper 80's and maybe even pushing 90 degrees. by thursday we may hit the 90 degrees which should be the 61st 90 degree day. notice by thursday and friday. back down to the upper seven epoxy and low 80's for high temperatures. -- up for 70's in the low 80's. >> -- the temperature swings. cool mornings.
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i love it. by tomorrow, nearly every local students will be back in the classroom. in fairfax county, teachers are being asked to do more with less. they have 3200 more students this year and 34. and $34.5 million less. they will see a new $100 before every sport they play. students in these counties also returned to class tomorrow along with kids in alexandria city schools. when abc7 news at noon continues, cleaning up craigslist. what is missing after some pressure from the white house? later today on "oprah," fantasia talks about the tabloid later today on "oprah," fantasia talks about the tabloid headline
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there's something you never hear vince gray talk about: his record running dc's department of human services.
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why? under gray, dhs lost out on millions of federal dollars for missing paperwork; lost money for the homeless; even lost track of foster children. a court ordered gray's department to improve child services. gray's not a bad guy but he was a bad manager. do we want to go back to that?
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craigslist is shutting down it's adult services section. no official explanation from company officials. the adult services section was supposed to be for legitimate adult businesses. it was being used to promote prostitution. >> it was easy, convenient, and normalized to purchase a child for sex as it was to buy a chair or a couch. >> those looking for so-called "adult services" will now receive -- now see censored. farmville has 80 million players worldwide.
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they let players raise crops and cattle. it is based books popular application. -- it is facebook's most popular application. some of these women are becoming addicted to the game. >> i felt like i was addicted to farmville. >> 15% of the 80 million players have spent real money on the game. 5% spend $20 per month. zynga is expected to make $450 million this year. still ahead, a final look at your weather.
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an alexandria woman is a national champion today after she won in an all out food fight. known as the black widow, she ate 181 wings at the national buffalo wing festival. she is known for beating out the men. she beat out a world renowned chamption.
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adam and i could beat here. >> i think i could do 4 or 5. she's been in before on "sports talk" eating a bunch of jalapenos. let's go to the forecast. we will warmup for the next few days. i temperatures in the upper 80's tuesday and wednesday but then back down to the mid to upper 75 c4 highs on thursday and friday. -- miche the upper 70's 4 highs on thursday and friday. early sunday, we could have some rain. >> good deal. thank you, adam. thank you for joining us. we will see you here for "good morning washington" starting at 4:00 a.m. watch abc7 news at 5:00
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